Web designers are artists who make the digital world beautiful. They create custom-made themes with all clients’ preferences; they add individuality to each design and gain better and better results with each project.
The question is whether these creative persons develop awesome websites for themselves or for their clients, will they set their best work as their portfolio? Let’s be the judges of that!
Website Design of Designers and Developers
Why Website Design Matters for Web Developers
A portfolio website is essential for a designer’s career. Customers choose the developer to hire judging by the portfolio website. It is an open door to the talent of the developer. The website shows all the skills you have and all capabilities you can implement on a customer’s website. This kind of design is important to be trendy, up-to-date yet simple to use, with a user-friendly portfolio page, cute navigation and appealing set of fonts/colors/icons/buttons.
Why Many Designers Have Trivial Portfolios
This is an interesting question. Let us make a few suggestions:
- a designer has no time for his own website;
- a designer has no wish to work on his website;
- a designer has no need to have a cool portfolio, because there is no end of clients anyway (and don’t ask, I don’t know how all those people find him).
There are many reasons, some logical, others obscure, for many web design portfolios being ugly, outdated, complex, unfriendly to users, too bright and loud, useless.
For example this one (it is easy to find via search engine tools and it was almost the first one that caught my eye):
UX Web Designer
Why do they need these horrible animations in the Header? They irritate and harm the eye. I would like to admit that the overall website is not so bad really, but this ‘above the fold’ design spoils everything.
Nevertheless, we should not treat all alike that is why I have put together this highly inspiring collection of websites that professional designers create for themselves:
Dagobert Renouf Freelance Designer Website
This website opens with a yellow picture featuring the workplace in the background. There is a button to scroll down, where the more interesting part of the site appears – a portfolio. It is a white page with differently sized circle images. The next section after the portfolio has a beautiful geometric background texture – so versatile this site is.
This website gets attention thanks to a cute hero image on the blue background. The design is originally done with a circular Google map and many more exciting details.
New York Web Design
Wood textured background is still in trend, web designers prove this (and keep it trending).
Bitesize Concepts Web Design Company
This website is developed with a splash page. You can either press the Enter button or scroll down – the air balloon will show you the way. The design is done with much use of wooden and paper elements, modern fonts and catchy background photos.
AlsterCloud Design Website
It seems like the space rocket will blow up when the website downloads. The website symbolizes the workflow, so far as there is stationery all over the canvas. The type of navigation is horizontal scrolling.
A ‘circle’ concept is quite popular on the Web, in geometry, circles always looks well. This website makes maximum use of this style, and cute round shapes decorate each page of it.
Mike Kus Website
A home page portfolio gallery is effective in attention grabbing. Look here and check how to implement a large-scale photo gallery on your folio site.
Roberto Belotti Freelance Web Developer
This minimal website with a monochrome color palette is elegant and well-designed. There is a splash page with a bright yellow button. The overall design is black with no images – it helps to convey an intrigue.
DangerousRobot Web Design
Aren’t scrolling and storytelling fashionable today? Sure they are, and who knows it better than web designers. Here is an exclusive story told by DangerousRobot design team.
Derpixelist Design Portfolio
Are you looking for a successful example of flat design? This black website is what you need. There are bold colors used; the typography is cool, too.
Tim Potter Portfolio
A professional website with well-developed scrolling function. The color combo is picked quite successfully, plus the handwritten and hand drawn elements make it look special overall.
Chris Thurman Creative
This website with a worksheet background pattern has a neat appeal and structured layout. It has two navigation options: regular top horizontal menu and scrolling.
Tamerlan Soziev Portfolio
This portfolio website has an appealing image on the background and original content sections with a MacBook design.
Denise Chandler Design & Development
This theme illustrates what happens if you don’t have a good design – and how this designer can fix it. It is a creative idea realized on this site. Open it and you will see more nice features.
Juan Diego Velasco Web Designer
Eco-friendly designs are seen rarely on portfolio sites, but this one demonstrates the best side of it. The background consists of a finished picture: sky, fence, grass, earth. The portfolio gallery is arranged well and designed with some bright blue accents.
Adham Dannaway UI Designer
This website belongs to a specialist in design and coding, and the animated image in the hero area displays it effectively and originally. The other part of this design is done in a minimalist style.
Cristiana Bardeanu’s Portfolio Website
This website includes a portfolio gallery on the front page and the background of this theme is quite good-looking.
Adam Rudzki Designer
This is a scrollable website with varicolored slides: blue, orange, pink. The design is kept to a minimum yet all pages are functional and informative.
Kate Moore Web Designer
This white website design welcomes users with a pretty gallery of circular thumbnail images. They showcase the portfolio projects.
Wear Digital Agency
This website keeps the tendency of using large hero images. Each image on the slideshow is equipped with unique content.
Mike Dascola Personal Website
Do you want to see a bachelor’s house? Scroll down this website. But first, look at the creative logotype, and original set of icons placed on the page.
Deidre Deda Bain
This grunge style website is another example of how creative designers realize their big ideas. Textures, prints, special fonts make this theme exciting.
Fairhead Creative Web Design Services
Remember we talked about the eco-friendly websites? Here is one more for you. Colors and pictures create the original atmosphere of this portfolio.
Online Portfolio for Jan Ploch
Do you like drinking cocktails? And what do you think about scrolling? This website has a conceptual design with just a piece of straw above the fold and the bottle with drink below. While you read the website, there is less drink in this bottle.
Kunal Chhajer Official Website
This is a cartoonish website with different images, figures and notices. The black-and-white color scheme brings more emotion to the design.
NCLUD Web Design Agency
The portfolio page of this website has the best organization and visualization. It is modish, cool and unique.
Henry Brown Freelance Designer
It seems to be a simple website design, though this colorless animation in the hero area is cute enough to grab users’ attention.
Dot Monster Website Design
Monsters bombard! Oh no, these are just images. Funny monsters are symbols of this design group, and a nice job they do on this theme.
Web Design Portfolio Template
This theme is a winning solution for those designers who don’t have a website yet. This ready design includes a large-scale sliding gallery on the home page.
Web designers are the first to adopt new trends – in fact, they create them; they make visually good and technically powerful themes. The vast majority of such websites are worthy our attention and they inspire us for own projects, so this is true: web designers set a good example of perfect websites.
Have we missed your well-designed website in this collection? Please share it with us in the comments below.